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ELPC Opens New State-of-the-Art Green Office in Landmark Building

ELPC inaugurated a new green office today in the “Old Jewelers Building,” a historic landmark in downtown Chicago. The office is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest standard in green building. Creating a cutting edge sustainable office in a historic building was a uniquely challenging project. The result is a model for green

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Romeoville, IL Oil Spill is Second Enbridge Pipeline Spill in 3 months

ROMEOVILLE, IL — Oil has spilled into streets and sewers in Romeoville, IL from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership. Crews have been working around the clock to contain the spill. US EPA is reporting that oil from the pipeline has flowed through sewers into a retention pond near Route 53. Another spill

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Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Obama’s Transformative Commitment to High-Speed Rail

CHICAGO, September 8, 2010 — The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today commended President Obama’s breakthrough commitment to high-speed rail development as part of $50 billion in proposed infrastructure improvements. If approved by Congress, the Obama proposal will transform passenger rail in the U.S. much like President Eisenhower fundamentally altered the American landscape through

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EPA Takes Action on Toxic Chemical Detergents

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced August 18th that it will begin creating clean water protections from nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), a highly toxic, gender-bending chemical widely used in industrial laundry detergents.  Exposure to low levels of NPE has been shown to create “intersex” fish, male fish that produce female egg proteins. Cases of such

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Report: Midwest High-speed Rail Network Could Create $6.1 Billion in New Business and 42,000 New Jobs in Chicago

A study released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors outlines the economic impact of high-speed rail development on metropolitan areas across the US. The report examined job creation, the effects of improved market access, greater connectivity, travel time savings, as well as increased income and business sales and finds that Chicago stands to gain up

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Senate Votes to Uphold Clean Air Act, Defeats Murkowski Resolution

The U.S. Senate voted on June 10 on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Resolution of Disapproval that would have stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate global warming pollution. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 47 to 53. “The Senate’s defeat of the Murkowski Resolution helps protect our environment, public health and the integrity

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New Interconnection Standards Clear the Way for Clean Energy in Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board has issued final standards for interconnection of wind, solar and other forms of clean energy to the Iowa electric grid. These rules are the culmination of years of advocacy by the Environmental Law & Policy Center and a coalition of clean energy business, agricultural and environmental groups. Interconnection is the process of linking

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Legislation to Boost Solar Power Passes Illinois General Assembly

On May 26, the Illinois General Assembly passed two bills that will create more than 5,000 new jobs and bring more than 3 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity to Illinois consumers by 2014. “By removing barriers to solar power developers, these measures will create approximately 5,000 new jobs between now and 2015,” said Assistant

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Groups Applaud Wolverine Coal Plant Permit Denial by Governor Granholm, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

LANSING, MI –Local residents and groups declared victory today in a more than four-year battle against a proposed coal plant in Rogers City. Area residents applauded Governor Jennifer Granholm and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) Director Rebecca Humphries for denying a permit needed to build the controversial plant. “We in Rogers

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Illinois Passes Bill to Control Mercury Pollution from Thermostats

The Illinois House and Senate have passed a new bill to control dangerous mercury pollution from an often overlooked source: mercury thermostats. While it is illegal to sell mercury thermostats in Illinois today, tens of millions of mercury thermostats are still in use across the country. Each one of these thermostats contains about four grams

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